Easy Valentine’s Day Watercolor Painting Idea

Hearts are the perfect shape to practice your watercolor painting skills in. Use our simple painting tutorial to make a fun Valentine’s watercolor painting.

multiple hearts painted with watercolor paint on paper.

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Hearts are the perfect subject matter to use for creating this easy Valentine’s Day painting. Have fun making this painting in less than 15 minutes!

Recommended Supplies

watercolor paint supplies and heart drawing on art table.
  • Card stock or watercolor paper will really make these watercolor techniques stand out.
  • Premade Watercolor Blank Cards–these are a great option if you are making Valentine’s Day cards from your watercolor paintings.
  • Liquid Watercolors or Watercolor Palette
  • Paintbrush-this is our favorite economical brush to use with kids.
  • Post-it or extra paper to make a small heart template
  • Pencil
  • Optional: Painter’s Tape & Piece of Cardboard

Regular heavier-weight white paper can work for watercolor paintings (especially with children) but you will have better success with true watercolor paper.

Choosing Watercolor Paint Color Combinations

Each heart will get two colors mixed together. We chose to use colors next to each other on the color wheel to create an ombré effect in our watercolor hearts.

If you look at our painting you can see that the top hearts are violet to violet blue to then blue.

watercolor painted hearts on paper with colors listed on them.

The middle and bottom hearts are red-violet, red, red-orange, orange and yellow-orange.

How To Make An Easy Watercolor Heart Painting

Optional: Tape Your Watercolor Paper

For best results, tape your watercolor paper to a piece of cardboard or a flat surface. This will stop it from bubbling up while painting.

You can use regular painter’s tape or masking tape. Just be careful when you pull up the tape once your painting is dry.

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Step 1: Make A Heart Template

Cut out a small heart from a folded piece of paper.

Step 2: Trace Multiple Hearts On The Paper

Lightly use your pencil to trace around the hearts. Start in the middle of the paper and try to evenly space them out. You could measure if you want, but we simply eyeballed it.

You can trace them diagonally or straight across. Either pattern will work.

yellow paper heart sitting on white paper with hearts drawn in pencil.

Step 3: Start To Paint Hearts

Each heart will get two colors or be diluted with water.

To start paint one side of the heart with red using a small brush. Add water to your brush and pull the paint to the other side.

hand holding small paint brush adding red watercolor to one side of drawn heart.

Repeat this process, but use two different colors that are next to each other. This diagram can help you see what colors we mixed together. You can change this idea to fit your own color scheme.

blue, violet, red watercolor painted hearts on white paper.

Step 4: Let The Painting Completely Dry

rainbow watercolor hearts on white card sitting on marble table.

Optional: Add Highlights and Shadows

Adding Highlights

You could use a white oil pastel or pen marker to add a little crescent shape on the lighter side of the paint.

oil pastel highlight on painted blue violet watercolor heart.

Adding the Shadows

If you want your hearts to look more 3-dimensional you could add a cool colored wash to the same side of each heart.

small brush adding gray blue paint to watercolor heart painting.

Just be careful if adding shadows. We think we just liked the simple Valentine’s watercolor painting before adding shadows. With watercolor paint, sometimes less is more!

watercolor painting of different colored hearts.

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multiple hearts painted with watercolor paint on paper.

Easy Watercolor Valentine’s Painting

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Keyword: Valentine’s Day Watercolor, Watercolor heart painting
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Author: Erin
Cost: under $5

Equipment

  • Small Paintbrush
  • Pencil

Materials

Instructions

  • Cut out a small heart from a folded piece of paper.
  • Lightly use your pencil to trace around the hearts. Start in the middle of the paper and try to evenly space them out.
  • To start paint one side of the heart with red using a small brush. Add water to your brush and pull the paint to the other side.
  • Repeat this process, but use two different colors that are next to each other.
  • Let paintings dry completely.

Optional Steps

  • Use a white oil pastel or pen marker to add a little crescent shape on one side of the top of the heart.
  • Add a cool colored wash to the same side of each heart.

Notes

  • You can change the watercolor paint colors to fit your own color scheme.
  • Less is more with watercolor sometimes. Don’t overwork the hearts.
  • You can trace them diagonally or straight across. Either pattern will work.
  • If making Valentine’s cards from your paintings, consider buying premade watercolor cards. 

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2 Comments

    1. Hi Eli. Thanks for the feedback. I guess it depends on what supplies you already have and what you might have to purchase or the quality of paper you want to use on your watercolor heart painting.

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